Gun retailers still using Shopify’s e-commerce platform have until December 31 to either come into compliance with the new Acceptable Use Policy or hit the road, according to the latest email sent out to retailers last week.
Shopify, which brought the hammer down on retailers selling guns and gun parts, changed their user policy last Monday without any warning. A simple email notification, offering no explanation, was all retailers were given informing them of the update. Though a few people have reached out to Shopify for clarification on why the AUP was changed, to no avail, many retailers say they are too afraid to strike up a conversation with the e-commerce platform on why the update targeted gun-related companies.
“We’ve tried to reach out for clarification from Shopify but have yet to get a straight answer. Our fear is that we may be shut down at any time and without warning, so we’re trying as hard as we can to migrate to a new platform before we’re shut down,” Ike Stephens of Big Tex Outdoors told Guns.com in an email. “Since we carry a lot of products and have a complex website, this is a move that must be carefully done and it takes massive amounts of time to execute.”